World’s largest carbon-capture plant Orca opens in Iceland

Good News Notes: “The world’s largest direct air carbon capture and storage plant has started operating in Iceland, run by Swiss company Climeworks. Named Orca, the plant sucks carbon dioxide directly from the air and buries it as rocks deep underground, using technology from Climeworks‘ Icelandic partner Carbfix. Orca has the capacity to remove 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the…

Amazon To Invest In Sustainable Agroforestry And Reforestation In Brazil

Good News Notes: “Amazon (AMZN) has launched Agroforestry and Restoration Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental organization. This carbon removal project is part of the company’s commitment to meeting The Climate Pledge. It will be implemented in the Brazilian Amazonian state of Par by restoring native rainforests and fighting climate change…

Nativa, Quantis Partner for Responsibly Sourced Wool Farming Initiative

Good News Notes: “Nativa, a Chargeurs Group brand, announced its partnership with Quantis, a sustainability consulting group, to launch its Regenerative Agriculture wool farming program centered on responsibly sourced Merino wool. Over the coming years, Nativa will tap Quantis’ carbon footprinting expertise within the wool sector to help identify and reduce CO2 emissions related to farming, the companies said. Nativa offers nature-focused sustainable solutions…

Engineer discovers how to extract water from air and sunlight

Good News Notes: “When you have sugar in a bowl, that sugar gets a little clumpy over time,” says Cody Friesen. “Have you ever thought about why?” Friesen, who teaches materials science at Arizona State University, explains that the sugar absorbs moisture from the air around it. “The science term for that is the sugar…

Carbon-capture tech removes CO2 from the ocean by making seashells

Good News Notes: “Even as renewable energy and zero-emissions transportation scale up and the rest of the global economy slowly decarbonizes, it’s likely that the world will still need to suck an enormous amount of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to tackle climate change—10 billion metric tons per year by the middle of the…

California and Biden plot to vacuum away climate change

Good News Notes: “Solar panels, wind turbines and electric cars will go far in helping California and the Biden administration meet their aggressive climate goals — but not far enough. As time runs short, scientists and government officials say the moment to break out the giant vacuums has arrived. The art of industrial-scale carbon removal — sucking…

Mercado Libre Funds Reforestation Program in Brazil

Good News Notes: “Latin American e-commerce giant Mercado Libre has tapped local tech startup Pachama to monitor the reforestation program it has funded in Brazil. The online retailer has released US$8 million in initial investment for the ecological program known as ‘Regenera America’ . The project will be carried out by global environmental organizations — The Nature Conservancy (TNC)…